Tasty Asparagus & Strawberry Spring Salad

I first shared this recipe back in April 2017. I’ve updated the post and hope you enjoy it!

You can’t go wrong with asparagus.

I’ve another great asparagus recipe  for you.  This veggie is packed full of vitamins including vitamin A, C, E, K, and B6. If that isn’t enough for you, how about the fact that asparagus can help you lose weight? It is low in calories but high in insoluble fiber, which will help you feel full longer. Asparagus also contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine which helps flush fluid and salt from your body (which can actually help prevent UTI’s). And along those lines asparagus can also help your digestive health and prevent bloating!

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Florida French Toast

 

Many of us love French toast which is browned and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It is not dry and it is not soggy. It has a rich, custard flavor (without being too eggy). French toast was developed as a way to eat day old French bread – dry right?  Soak, brown in pan with butter, and then bake in oven to make crispy and puffy.  The type of bread will determine how many slices you have and how long it is baked. Small French bread slices require less time and more slices to satisfy the hunger.  Brioche is a French bread with a high egg and butter content.  It is perfect for French toast as it is nice and thick, and soaks in the perfect amount of egg. You can actually taste the richness of the bread when you bite into it. If you can’t find brioche, buy a challah (another egg bread).

 

 

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25+ Fall Appetizers

Life has been different since the pandemic began last March.  Large social gatherings have been dropped and seeing extended family has often been deferred.  We’re in the beginning of the favorite time of year for many people.  Colorful leaves, costumes at Halloween, Thanksgiving turkey, and then the holidays of Christmas and New Year provide a steady stream of fun and diversion.  Perhaps this year is different, but we can still enjoy our favorite celebrations  even if they are small and intimate.  In some ways that may make it even better.

 

 

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Spinach Strawberry Salad

I do love strawberry season here in Florida. Strawberries are a cool weather crop, and strawberry season usually runs from December through March depending on the weather and temperature. Right now Florida spring strawberries are still in most markets. By late March and early April the US markets switch back to California strawberries. If you live in an area that doesn’t have good fresh strawberries in the local stores yet, pin this recipe for the summer when you can eat fresh local spinach and strawberries. Read More

Strawberry-Lime Water

It’s hot here in Florida; we’ve had temperatures in the 90’s for over a month. I’m in the mood for refreshing and thirst-quenching cold drinks.  Today’s recipe is a strawberry-lime infused water. For a sweet drink add a little honey and you’ve got a honeyed strawberry flavor. I love strawberries and so does our bodies. Eating strawberries has been shown to improve heart health, help with blood sugar control and even cancer prevention. They are loaded with vitamins and contain very high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols. Just one serving (approximately 8 strawberries) contains more vitamin C than an orange.

 

 

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Strawberry Cupcakes

I like real flavors even in baked goods.  All too often cake mixes use artificial colors and flavors which do not really approximate the real thing. Strawberries are a perfect example. Fresh strawberries are available now in most of the country. Let’s make luscious, moist strawberry cake in a small cupcake for easy summer eating.  No fork necessary! We’ll make a couple of dozen for serving a crowd at your next cookout or barbecue. (It makes about 23 or 24.)

 

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